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The funeral will be held this morning for a seven-year-old boy from Barnsley who died after becoming trapped on a building site.
Conley Thompson died last month after getting stuck in a pipe on the site at Worsborough. Officers are still investigating the circumstances leading up to his death.
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The family of tragic schoolboy Conley Thompson whose body was found on a building site have hit back at criticisms about the seven-year-old playing out unsupervised.
Conley went missing last month after telling his mother he was going to play with friends in Barnsley, South Yorkshire.
His body was discovered the following day in a pipe on the building site in Worsbrough.
Initial reports suggested he had gone to play in Locke Park, a mile away from the site and about two miles away from his home, but police said they believe he may have gone elsewhere before entering the construction site.
In a statement released today by South Yorkshire Police, Conley's family said they would not have allowed him to visit the park alone and asked the public to be respectful and refrain from casting aspersions.
"Firstly, the family would be grateful if any members of the community that are casting aspersions relating to Conley ever attending at Locke Park without an adult, either on the day he went missing or before that day, be kept to
"We want to make it very clear that we would never have allowed Conley to go to Locke Park without an adult at any time and the police are tracing his exact movements that night so we will be able to understand what happened and what led to us losing our playful and loving boy.
"For any parent, the loss of a child is unimaginable and, while everyone is entitled to their own opinion, we would please ask people to bear in mind this is now an actual reality for us and please be respectful as his mum, and all of the family, try to come terms to a life without Conley."
A post-mortem examination found that Conley died after becoming stuck in a vertical pipe on the building site. South Yorkshire Police said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.
Detectives said they are investigating the young boy's movements on the day of his death and working with the Health and Safety Executive to find out how Conley entered the building site, which was securely locked with a large perimeter fence. Conley's funeral will be held next Tuesday, August 11, at 11.30am at St Thomas's Church in Worsbrough, Barnsley
His family said they had been overwhelmed by the support from across the UK since Conley's death and thanked people for their condolences.
The family of seven-year-old Conley Thompson, who died on a building site in Barnsley, has issued a statement in tribute to him.
His funeral will be held in the town on Tuesday 11 August.
It is with great sadness and a broken heart that we find ourselves writing this. Words cannot describe the devastation we feel, especially for his mum.
Firstly, the family would be grateful if any members of the community that are casting aspersions relating to Conley ever attending at Locke Park without an adult, either on the day he went missing or before that day, be kept to themselves.
We want to make it very clear that we would never have allowed Conley to go to Locke park without an adult at any time, and the police are tracing his exact movements that night so we will be able to understand what happened and what led to us losing our playful and loving boy.
For any parent, the loss of a child is unimaginable and while everyone is entitled to their own opinion, we would please ask people to bear in mind this is now an actual reality for us, and please be respectful as his mum, and all of the family, try to come terms to a life without Conley.
To describe Conley you would have to say he was cheeky, mischievous and loud, but also loving and caring, with a heart of gold.
As with most boys his age, Conley lived life large and loud, with a zest for adventure and curiosity.
His mum and the rest of the family would like to give a special and heart felt thank you to all the officers, both from the police and the Fire Service, who helped searched for Conley, as well as all the friends, neighbours and members of the community.
You should be proud of your efforts and your conduct throughout and we cannot thank you enough for your help in trying to find him. We would also like to thank Lyndsey and Steve, the Police Family Liaison Officers, who have helped us through this difficult time.
To our local community and the people of Barnsley, as well as to those cross the UK, we have been overwhelmed by the kindness and support shown and we also want to say a very special thank you to everyone who has offered words of comfort and their condolences, it really does means so much to us all.
Barnsley FC have issued a statement after a person entered the field during Saturday's pre-season friendly with Huddersfield Town at Oakwell.
"On Saturday during the Club’s pre-season friendly with Huddersfield Town at Oakwell, an individual entered the playing area approximately ten minutes into the second half.
This individual was apprehended by Club Stewards and was handed to South Yorkshire Police for arrest. The Club’s security team have subsequently analysed CCTV footage from Saturday and several individuals who we believe assisted in the pitch incursion have been identified.
All individuals in question will face a Club ban - for what could be up to five years - and will also be unable to buy tickets via the Club Box Office for any away fixture. The Club will also ensure that the names of any individual who receives a ban from Oakwell will also be circulated to all Football League clubs and the relevant Police Forces to refuse entry at away games. Barnsley FC is a family Club and the overwhelming majority of fans support the Club superbly. Barnsley FC will not tolerate any type of antisocial or unacceptable behaviour and will ensure that anyone who thinks they can use the Football Club as a vehicle for antisocial behaviour will face the severest punishment available.The actions of a small minority, if allowed to continue, will no doubt lead to the Club facing fines and potential FA sanctions which will impact on everyone associated with our Club. The implications of this minority’s behaviour has already been felt this season with the away ticket allocation significantly reduced for this Saturday’s season opener at Chesterfield. Barnsley FC would, therefore, ask that all genuine supporters assist us where possible to eradicate the type of behaviour witnessed on Saturday. This can be done by either contacting the Club with information or bringing information to Stewards on match-days. Our security team will follow up all information given and this will be treated in the strictest of confidence."